Basic Tools That Every Camper Should Have

Whether you are a seasoned, lifelong camper or you are getting ready to challenge the great outdoors for the first time, you need to ensure that you have the basics of camping down to the T. There are different camping guides out there that can help you out, but before getting into these kinds of activities or the setup processes you need to include in your camping trip, you must first know which tools you need to ensure that you are never caught unprepared.

A Knife

Not just any knife will do, so don’t go thinking that you could simply take one from your kitchen drawer and be on your way. There are knives specifically made for the outdoors, in this case, you’ll need a survival knife for a variety of tasks throughout your camping trip, including opening cans of food, cutting cords, or gutting fish. Looking for a high-quality knife is crucial if you want to survive out in the wilderness and avoid the unnecessary hassle and frustration.

First Aid Kit

We cannot stress enough how important it is to be prepared for all types of emergencies when you are camping, especially if your chosen location is many miles away from any civilization. Your first aid kit should include the regular bandages, an antiseptic solution, and pain killers that you would normally have around, but you can also take it a step further and include a burn cream, some allergy medicine, and eye drops.

A Flashlight

Everyone underestimates the importance of having a flashlight around when they go camping. Sometimes, flashlights are even better than lanterns because they are more compact and easier to carry. Before buying just any flashlight, you need to ensure that it is reliable and that it won’t fail you when you need it most. Look for one that does not require more than two batteries, but can still provide you with enough light. You could also look for a flashlight that is waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about it getting damaged if you encounter any rain, or if it accidentally falls in a stream.

An Axe

This may seem like an excessive thing to have when you are camping, but it can help a lot. You can use an axe to cut firewood into smaller logs that are easier to use. An axe can also be used to cut through cords and other thick materials, but you need to be extra careful when using it because, unlike a knife, controlling an axe can be difficult. Also, an axe is much sharper as the blade is designed to cut through thicker materials such as wood, which makes it more dangerous than a knife.

Fire-Starting Tools

You cannot start a fire without having at least one fire-starting tool on hand. Some people prefer going the easy route and getting waterproof matches or simply using a lighter, while others like the old-fashioned way of using a flint and a scraper or knife. Whatever method you choose, you need to have the tools ready, otherwise, you might be in for a cold night out and you won’t be able to cook anything.

Cooking Utensils

If you plan on staying on a camping trip for longer than a day, you will need to have cooking utensils at hand because pre-made food can get boring pretty fast. Plus, there is nothing better than eating a fresh-cooked meal under the open sky. Cooking utensils include pots, pans, and eating utensils. You can also go a step further and get a grill— if you have the space in your car that is.

Mallet/ Hammer

You will need a mallet or, if you don’t have one, a hammer mainly when you are setting up camp. This is especially true if your tent is one that comes with stakes or pegs that need to be planted firmly in the ground to keep the tent standing upright and anchor it in place. Having one of these will ensure that wind or other forces don’t easily make your tent fall apart.

Navigation Tools

If you are planning on hiking while on your camping trip, then you will need to have at least one navigation tool on you at all times. Navigation tools include compasses, GPS systems, and maps. Depending on the skillset you have, you can choose which navigation tool would work best for you. If you have no sense of direction, it is best to get a GPS system, at least until you can navigate using a compass or a map.

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There are plenty of camping tools out there, but these are some of the basic ones that you need to have any time you go camping. The tools mentioned above are going to make your trip much more comfortable. Not to mention that some of these are vital if you want to simply survive away from the comfort of your home.


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